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Shelter Afrique Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

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Nairobi-based pan African housing development financier Shelter Afrique has appointed Thierno-Habib Hann as the new Chief Executive Officer to succeed   Mr. Andrew Chimphondah who left the company early this year.

Mr. Hann currently serves as the Asia/Pacific Lead for housing finance at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), based in Bangkok, where he leads the strategy development and implementation of the housing finance program with a portfolio of over USD 2 billion.

He previously held a similar position, in charge of Africa and the Middle East, based in Nairobi.

Commenting on the appointment, Shelter Afrique Chairman Mr. Ephraim Bichetero said the selection process was very competitive, based on merit and competence.

“Mr. Hann has extensive international experience in housing finance, capital markets and structured finance, set-up and management of investment funds with banking and multilateral institutions, spanning over 20 years.  He brings with him a wealth of leadership experience in development and investment, sharp insight in the real estate landscape and a strong track record of delivery. Over the years, he has developed housing finance transactions in the US, Latin America and Eastern Europe, valued over USD 32 billion,” Mr. Bichetero said.

“He is expected to strengthen governance, be an embodiment of our values and drive the investment strategy of the Company focused on delivering large-scale affordable housing,” He added.

Welcoming his appointment, Mr. Hann said he was excited at the opportunity to lead Shelter Afrique through its next face of growth.

“I’m happy and honoured to take on the new role at Shelter Afrique, particularly as many African countries face significant turning point in their housing agenda. It is an honour to lead this team at this critical moment and together we will work towards harnessing national resources to improve local populations’ living conditions and to achieve Shelter Afrique’s mandate,” Mr. Hann said.

Hann began his career at the consulting firm Arthur Andersen, LLC as a Senior Consultant in Financial Services and Capital Markets in New York City.

He has worked at JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs as Manager and Vice President respectively and led investment teams issuing mortgage-backed securities (RMBS/CMO), credit derivatives (CDS) in these organizations.  

He also served at the World Bank Group as the Private Sector Development Program Manager in Guinea, responsible for designing and implementing the business climate improvement program, while developing a bankable pipeline of investments and government advisory projects in strategic sectors of the economy.

Habib holds an MBA in Finance & Investments from the Zicklin School of Business, Bernard Baruch, New York City; a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance (M.S.T.C.F) and a bachelor’s degree in Management and Applied Economics (GEA), from Paris IX Dauphine University, with honors.

A native of Guinea (Conakry), Hann is the co-founder of “AngelAfrica” – a pan African investment platform formed to achieve economic prosperity on the continent by building and fostering innovative technological ideas, investors and business mentors.

Mr. Hann will join the organization at the end of his current contract with IFC. In the interim Mr. Muwowo will continue to serve as Acting Managing Director.

Notes to Editor                             

Shelter-Afrique is a pan African housing finance and development institution established by African governments to address the need for a sustainable housing delivery system and related infrastructure projects in Africa. Shareholders include 44 African countries, the African Development Bank, the African Re-Insurance Corporation, and Fonds de Solidarité Africain (FSA).

The company’s mandate is to provide financing through debt, quasi-equity, and equity to both public and private institutions for housing and urban infrastructure projects in its member countries. Shelter Afrique builds strategic partnerships and offers a host of products and related services to support the efficient delivery of affordable housing and commercial real estate. These include project finance, institutional lending, equity investments & joint ventures, trade finance, and social housing.

We also offer practical advice and technical assistance to a wide range of industry stakeholders.

Tension In Migori

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Tension was high in Migori town, Migori county as supporters of Suna West MP Peter Masara and Former Suna West MP Joseph Ndiege clashed.

What started as celebrations turned chaotic when Ndiege’s supporters were unhappy with Masara’s faction. 

The supporters who had gathered at opposite directions at first tried scaring each other as they threw words of insult at each other.

Suna West MP Peter Masara and Former Suna West MP Joseph Ndiege clashed

It was with a single stone that the supporters clashed and started fighting each other.

According to Suna West sub county Police commander Elizabeth Walukoba, the supporters had blocked the road before they started throwing stones at each other.

The ordeal went on for half an hour before police could intervene and calm the situation.

Walukoba linked the fracas to political intolerance as she said officers present at the scene calmed the situation.

Walukoba said they had not received cases where someone had been injured.

However, after an hour of calm, the supporters clashed again and engaged police in running battles.

Police were forced to lobby teargas to disperse the crowd.

The supporters who were hard heartened continued chanting “the fight is not yet over” as they chanted provoking words towards each other.

In Uriri sub-county, there was commotion which resulted to a 25 year-old man being hit with a club on the head.

According to Migori county commander Mark Wanjala, the person was rushed to Migori hospital died

Wanjala said ten people were arrested in Nyatike Sub-county after they were found blocking people from voting on August 9 and two were found to be having machetes in their vehicles.

He confirmed that they were arrested.

He further noted that Kosere in Suna West a presiding officer was arrested after he was found hiding ballot papers.

Kehancha-Lolgorian-Narok-Nairobi Road

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A section of Kuria residents now wants the national government to construct and maintain Kehancha-Lolgorian-Narok-Nairobi road to open up rural centres for trade, besides cutting the cost of transport to Nairobi.

Led by ODM gubernatorial running mate Dr. Joseph Mahiri, the locals said the road which passes through the four different clans of the Banyabasi, Bakira, Bairege and Bagumbe will also help their sons and daughters to be employed on the project.

Dr. Joseph Mahiri Addressing Residents In Kuria

Mahiri who is Dr. Ochillo Ayacko’s running mate said the road will serve as a transit to the Maasai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti, boosting trade and tourism between Kenya and Tanzania.

The residents who were speaking in Kugitura in Bukira North of Kuria East asked Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate Raila Amollo Odinga to consider Kuria region in his administration when he is elected like other regions where him (Raila) and Uhuru Kenyatta keeps launching road projects.

From Kehancha to Nairobi through Kisii consumes almost seven hours unlike the proposed shortest route which will cover only two hours.

Peace Campaign Days To Election

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A group of Civil Society Organisations from Migori now calls for peaceful campaigns ahead of August General Elections.

Led by Eastern Africa Collaboration on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (EACOR) Western coordinator Betha Juma Kokach, the group dominated by youth called on their counterparts not to be swayed into divisive politics by rogue politicians, saying that they should learn to say no and be peace advocates before and after the elections.

Peace During Elections Campaign

Kokach said the youth in their groups will embark on peace advocacy in all parts of the region, to enable Kenyans be in a position to make informed decisions in the next week’s poll.

She also cautioned the political candidates to desist from careless utterance that might spark violence in the region and instead advocate for issue based politics for the sake of peace and unity.

Dickens Ouma, a bodaboda operator encouraged the aspirants to demonstrate a high level of tolerance to ensure peace prevails in the lead up, during and after elections.

He called for winners and losers to be ready to accept the outcome of the poll and ensure peaceful coexistence.

Titus Orwa, a business man urged the politicians to make personal commitment to maintain peace before, during and after the election.

Gloria Ocholla, a youth from the region, encouraged the politician to be mindful of their actions, saying women and children are the ones who are affected gravely, when violence occurs during or after elections.

She told politicians to be mindful about people’s lives, especially mothers and children and ensure their safety during electioneering period. 

Abagusii-Abakuria declaration

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Abagusii community leaving in Kuria land of Migori county have thrown their weight behind Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
The over 300 members led by Nyanguto Openda and Samwel Njege today met in Isebania town saying the Abagusii community already cemented their stake in the party and will largely vote Raila.
Openda said the Abagusii’s vote basket is significant and called on leaders to speak with one voice for their fair share of the national cake.

Kuria Elders In Isebania


Principal Secretary, State Department for Social Protection, Senior Citizens Affairs and Special Programmes Mr. Nelson Marwa however assured Kenyans that police are adequately prepared to discharge their duties in the course of the electoral cycle.
Speaking during the same declaration event, Marwa warned all those hell-bent on acts of criminality and lawlessness to refrain from crime.
He said that the government is prepared to handle all forms of threats to election security before, during and after the elections.

Stop Provoking Youth

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Nyatike MP Hon. Tom Odege has urged the youth not to allow politicians to use them to cause violence.
He told his competitors to focus on creating jobs for the youth instead of misusing them to achieve their selfish ends.
Odege said days are long gone when some leaders resorted to use of violence to manage politics, saying youths were now more enlightened than before.
Speaking in Migori town on Monday, Odege urged leaders to sell their agenda to Kenyans instead of misusing youths.

Mp Nyatike- Tom Odege


The legislature at the same time urged youths to move towards issue-based voting and discourage clanism loyalty.
He said such acts of violence as barbaric and outdated and called on the security organs crack down of violent individuals ahead of the general elections.
Odege was referring to the shooting incident which involved former Nyatike Mp. Edick Anyanga in Nyakweri that left one person nursing serious gun inflicted wounds in the abdomen.
Anyanga allegedly shot at a group of young men he ran into from his campaign trails at night.
He was later arrested and arraigned before Migori law courts and charged for tempting murder and released on bond of 1 million or a cash bill of 300, 000.
The former legislator appeared before senior principal magistrate justice Johnstone Munguti of Migori High Court.

Ruto Free To Campaign In Nyanza

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ODM party National Chairman John Mbadi has told the Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate Deputy President William Ruto that he is free to tour and campaign in Nyanza region.

Mbadi says the utterances by Ruto that Raila Odinga, the Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate had blocked him from campaigning in the region is false.

He accused Ruto of dividing Nyanza while campaigning in the counties of Kisii, Nyamira and parts of Migori (Kuria) while neglecting other areas.

“I saw his campaign schedule and the counties of Luo Nyanza were missing,” he said.

He noted that the region is free to accommodate any presidential candidate noting that the Roots party leader George Wacjakoya also visited Kisumu.

However, Mbadi says the people of Nyanza region have decided to vote for Raila but will just listen to Ruto.

Ruto’s Motor cade stoned during the last Visit to Kisumu

Speaking in Kisumu West Constituency when he drummed up support to the ODM nominee Rosa Buyu ahead of the polls, Mbadi says Raila was in the stronghold area of Ruto in Eldoret and nobody stops Ruto from visiting Nyanza.

“Within this remaining period, if he wished to come to any part of the region, he is welcomed,” he said.

But he added that his coming to Nyanza region is a waste of time and resources.

Buyu who is keen to dethrone the current MP Olago Aluoch of MDG party said the people of Nyanza region are very democratic and will listen to anybody who is ready to sell their manifesto.

“Don’t tell us that somebody has locked Nyanza region, come to us, talk to us, but know that our votes belong to Raila,” she said.

The last time Ruto visited Kisumu was in November last year where his motorcade was stoned at Kondele.

Magoha says corruption is still a major challenge in Education Sector

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Cabinet Secretary for Education Professor George Magoha has noted that corruption is still a major problem In the education sector.

Magoha while launching a new CBC classroom at Kadika Girls in Migori said that if all corruption systems are checked the government can achieve value for money not only in education but in other sectors within the government.

Magoha At Kadika Girls

He noted that it was important to focus on the future instead of dwelling on the past to move the country forward in terms of service delivery to the citizen.

Prof. Magoha added that by mapping schools on Geographic Location of Schools (GIS) and placing them on NEMIS platform corruption has greatly reduced through the face out of education cartels.

He said the two systems have enabled the Ministry of Education to know exactly the number of schools and students in those schools across the country.

Magoha assured the public that as long as he is the head of the education docket no corruption will see the light of the day. 

He stated the Ministry has saved billions of shillings under his watch and ensured that the cash is channelled towards improving the education sector in the country.

Magoha At Kadika Girls In Migori County

Interior PS meets Security Intelligence team as the country nears general election

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Permanent Secretary for Interior Karanja Kibicho has said that no administrative personnel has been asked or coerced to campaign for any political party.

Local Authority In Migori During The Security Committee At Migori Teachers Training College

Kibicho who addressed the Migori County Security Committee at Migori Teachers Training College said that the government is always neutral and its mandate is to serve the generation public.

The PS noted that the government will provide security and support to IEBC to ensure that it delivers free, fair and credible results.

He said that the government will ensure that voters have security and an enabling environment to make their willing full decision.

The official pointed out that the country had a requirement of about 70,000 police officers across the country to ensure that the general election is conducted in a secure environment.

Already police officers have been assigned to IEBCH through the gazettement notice to ensure security during the election is up to date.

Kibicho said that the Security Advisory Committee both at the National, Regional and County levels will work in unison to ensure peace prevails during the election.

He was pleased that Migori County had adequately prepared well for the forthcoming elections to ensure that IEBC carries its constitutional mandate.

Kibicho added that the government will give IEBC fully support to ensure elections are done according to the rules and regulations set by the election body.

He also emphasised that Migori was not a hotspot county and according to security briefs there was no report indicating that the county will witness any form of violence.

Zamara takes Financial Inclusion Campaign to North Rift Region

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In the ongoing efforts to increase financial inclusion in the country, Zamara Group CEO Sundeep Raichura has urged the sector players to take up the roles of financial inclusion, training, and capacity building in a bid to increase insurance penetration in the country. Mr. Raichura made the call during a visit to the North Rift Region of Eldoret and Kericho Counties together with Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations.

Mr. Raichura stated during a financial inclusion training for North Rift region Jua Kali sector members aimed at instilling confidence in individuals and groups within the informal sector to take advantage of modern risk management methods as well as reinforcing the implementation of retirement benefits to the forgotten millions of Kenyans, “Life when you no longer have the ability to work can be especially difficult for people who were used to receiving some solace.”

On his part, Richard Muteti, CEO, Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations, said, “Saving is something most of our members do not think about very often. Some of us might be putting money in a bank account or any other financial institution, but few are able to consistently save. This is because we live in an increasingly expensive world, and we have to spend a lot of money just to get by.

Our members need to be educated to start thinking more seriously about their futures. When we do, we’ll see that it’s not that hard to put money aside every month. Even small amounts can grow into a nice little nest egg. And that nest egg can help us to provide better lives for ourselves and our loved ones during our sunset years.”

According to Mr. Raichura, the insurance industry has a vital opportunity to reduce inequities and help Kenyans earn a better income in their own lives. One of the biggest challenges facing Kenya today is the lack of access to affordable and reliable insurance. This has led to the prevalence of financial exclusion, which has a negative impact on the quality of life of individuals and families.

Mr. Raichura concluded by stating that “We want to talk about the importance of saving in order to properly plan for old age, how even small amounts put aside with some regularity can grow into a nice little nest egg; and also how we need to start thinking more seriously about our futures so that we can provide better lives for ourselves and our loved ones as well.”

In 2021, Zamara inked a partnership with the national Federation of Jua Kali Associations as well as the United Boda Boda Association to drive financial inclusion with the promise of bringing together the informal sector and creating a savings culture in the country.

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